Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Do reboots really work?

This weekend is the huge Comic-Con in San Diego. So recently I have been reading a lot of articles about who is going to be there and what the convention topic are going to be about. I have to tell you, it is my dream to go there one day. Yes, I am a huge geek but I am secure enough in my geekdom that I can confess it and not be ashamed.

So two of the "news-worthy" articles coming out of the convention this year is the new reboot of Superman and Spiderman. On September 1, DC comics is coming out with a brand new reboot of the Superman series. The brand new change is that Superman and Lois Lane are not a couple. In fact, she has a different boyfriend in the #1 of the series. Their rationale is that having a couple already together is boring. No one wants to see a happy couple, people want to see the struggles they go through to get together. I am of two minds on this topic. One side of me is saying that we know that eventually they are going to get together, so I could take the journey of a modern-day superhero trying to save the world but also find love in his life. The other part of me screams that happy couples are not boring and what a horrible thing to say. Now we have to go on this emotional roller coaster ride following a couple that we know is going to end up together. What a way to set low expectations for readers. Some of us love to read books about our favorite couples after they struggle to get together. Just because a couple is together and happy doesn't mean there is not any conflict or struggle in their lives that we the readers might find interesting. I spend a lot of time after reading a good book thinking about different scenarios that the couple might go through in the future. It is what good readers do after we have invested our time and money in a good book.

I won't even go into all of the various movie and television reboots that Superman has gone though. Some very good and some not so good.

Spiderman is going through a whole new movie reboot with brand new actors, directors, and story directions. The problem I have with this is that Spiderman's girlfriend in this new movie is not going to be Mary Jane. It's going to be Gwen Stacy. My question is why am I going to invest time in this relationship when I know it's not going to last. Not going to happen! I don't think it's going to work. But who knows, I have been known to be wrong before.

So here is the big philosophical questions, can we reboot our own lives successfully? I am going to try it.  I have two weddings coming up in the course of this next year and I vow to lose weight. So that means no more early morning trips to Dunkin' Donuts. It's going to be hard but I will not be the chunky woman in all of the pictures. So I am sitting here eating cereal and not the sausage, egg, and cheese on a croissant that I really want.

Peace out,

1 comment:

  1. I didn't much care for Clark falling for Lanna (or however you spell it) in Smallville when he should've been smitten with Lois the whole time and I didn't even watch Smallville (My sister was into it though). But that's just the romance junkie in me.